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post #736 of 2271

I actually really enjoy the WA7 + LCD2.2 for jazz... it's my fav in fact but I haven't listened to many higher end kits.  I listen to a lot of Dizzy, Miles, Coltrane, Hancock and they all sound amazing with this setup to me.  

 

None of my friends who live near me are as into audio as I am (some are still budding) and I've never had the pleasure of attending one of our Head-fi meets.

post #737 of 2271
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I actually really enjoy the WA7 + LCD2.2 for jazz... it's my fav in fact but I haven't listened to many higher end kits.  I listen to a lot of Dizzy, Miles, Coltrane, Hancock and they all sound amazing with this setup to me.  

 

 

In my case it's probably the general dislike of the LCD presentation: it feels like my head is in a vise and the sound is pumped into it under pressure. I had the LCD-3 for several days and really wanted to like it, but I guess it's not for me. 

 

Many people enjoy these headphones and I respect that. When you get above $1000 price mark, most of the headphones are technically very good and the choice is down to preferences. What I have noticed though, there's quite a few people around this forum who have traded their LCDs for HD800, but hardly any going the other way. And, again in my opinion, the LCDs work much better on a powerful and transparent solid state amp. The LCD-3 / WA7 sound is very "intimate": dark, soft and small. I had much better results (i.e. spacious, transparent) on the audio-gd NFB-5 and on the balanced beta-22, but still the way they deliver the sound was not my style...

post #738 of 2271
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I don't want to start the war but I have tried 5 different USB cable priced from $80 to $200 and while difference is little but noticeable I found 2 cables DH Labs and Furutech which gave me highs with no sparkle on highhats or guitars , on Cardas it was barely noticeable and only Audioquest Carbon and Magic Bus had the sound was after so since Carbon is cheaper and I heard no difference whatsoever between Carbon and Magic Bus I'm using well regarded Carbon

 

I'm not into fighting - we are just expressing our opinions. Maybe I'm reading the science forum too much, but whatever differences I seem to detect in cables, I tend to blame it on the placebo effect, as my brain refuses to accept that digital data can be interpreted differently depending on the media.

The thing with cables is that some are outrageously expensive and in my view the benefit does not justify the cost. In most cases you can get much bigger improvement by investing the same money somewhere else. The time to upgrade cables is when your system is otherwise close to perfection.

In case of the WA7 I'd recommend getting a good powered USB hub before considering a $200 cable. The benefit would be a much cleaner power source for the DAC, and that may convert to audible sonic improvements.

post #739 of 2271
Completely agree that cost of a lot of cables can't justify benefits but FOR ME cost of Carbon would justify it cause it costs less than that powered hub
post #740 of 2271
Also cable I can use with any DAC while hub will not be needed if I get DAC which has it's own power supply as I use now
post #741 of 2271
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EH golden pins Tubes are U shaped and the Sock are n shaped, thats all as far as i know.

btw  guys i got the iFi-iUSB and it made my WA7 100% better, since i was using the WA7's DAC which is powered through the PC directly,  

the PC's power got a lot of distortion!! not like the non PC powered DACs, maybe due the PSU, mine is corsair and do provide dirty power...

iUSB fixed that for me.  i did A/B with Yulong D100 MKii so i make sure the iUSB did something or not.

check my review on the iUSB for more info ^^

 

I'm thinking of getting the ifi iUSB as well for my WA7. Pretty curious about how much of a difference it would make.

 

Where is the best place to buy one?


Edited by pervysage - 12/10/13 at 1:37am
post #742 of 2271
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I'm thinking of getting the ifi iUSB as well for my WA7. Pretty curious about how much of a difference it would make.

 

Where is the best place to buy one?

http://www.tweekgeek.com/brands/iFi.html

 

and Fedex free shipping too! i will get both of the Gemini cables later, check my review on iUSB for more info, and on noble ifi. 


Edited by Shini44 - 12/10/13 at 2:12am
post #743 of 2271

I've tried most summit-fi headphones with the WA7 and have come to a somewhat different conclusion than some of the those stated above.  I prefer the TH900s over the HD800s for both jazz and rock.  For me, it's only with classical that I start preferring the HD800s.  I find the sub bass with the Fostex cans to be simply amazing and, at least to my ears, I don't find the mids to be as recessed as some have reported.  Maybe I'm a closet bass head! :D  Regardless, I think you can't go wrong with either of those cans with that amp.  Just get a decent pair of headphones are start enjoying the music!

post #744 of 2271

I see that you're in Vacouver.. try Headphone Bar.

 

On another note, I'm going a more radical approach, have a Rega DAC incoming. Will report back on that afetr I have it up and running. It was absolutely stunning when I auditioned it with the Vali & HD800.  End goal setup will be to mate it with the WA7.

 

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Originally Posted by pervysage View Post
 

 

I'm thinking of getting the ifi iUSB as well for my WA7. Pretty curious about how much of a difference it would make.

 

Where is the best place to buy one?

post #745 of 2271

When is the outboard tube power supply coming out? 

 

Haven't heard a peep about that lately. 

post #746 of 2271

Do you guys have your WA7's connected to a surge protector? I just decided to unplug mine from the surge protector and plug directly to the wall and from what I can tell, it improved the sound. Bass is more extended and sound is cleaner... as though the surge protector was choking the sound.

post #747 of 2271
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Originally Posted by pervysage View Post
 

Do you guys have your WA7's connected to a surge protector? I just decided to unplug mine from the surge protector and plug directly to the wall and from what I can tell, it improved the sound. Bass is more extended and sound is cleaner... as though the surge protector was choking the sound.

thats why you need an iUSB, it will make the sound cleaner than what you are getting now, i bought it twice!! you are still getting the DAC powered by the PC so the thing that got cleaner was just the amp, yet the DAC is getting a "not so clean" power, sadly i am in Dubai else dude would been able to lent you my iUSB ^^  

post #748 of 2271
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thats why you need an iUSB, it will make the sound cleaner than what you are getting now, i bought it twice!! you are still getting the DAC powered by the PC so the thing that got cleaner was just the amp, yet the DAC is getting a "not so clean" power, sadly i am in Dubai else dude would been able to lent you my iUSB ^^  

 

Yeah, I plan on picking up the iUSB as well.

 

But no kidding, I'm listening to some tracks right now after connecting directly to the wall and it's blowing my mind. It just never occurred to me that the surge protector I had (which isn't a very expensive one) would be choking the sound. Should of done it this way from the beginning.

post #749 of 2271

for me the iUSB made the biggest difference in my old setup, like 70% difference yes 70% i am not joking thats why i want all to be aware of the dirty power problems cause we are paying a lot of $$$ on the headphone/dac/amp,

 

before it the sound wasn't as good as it should be for the price and i was mad,cause i even though it was the CIEM cable so went through a lot!! till i got my hand on the iUSB, then i was super shocked by the difference!!


if you are listening to the music from a desktop and your dac is powered by it then you will benefit for than a person using a laptop (not charging). 



btw for the people that are using a non PC powered DAC the iUSB isn't for you at all, its better for desktop users mostly who got PC powered dac.



ps: btw people sorry about talking about this again and again, i just want the people who paid over 2000$ to enjoy their setup the way it should really be.

post #750 of 2271
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Originally Posted by Shini44 View Post

for me the iUSB made the biggest difference in my old setup, like 70% difference yes 70% i am not joking thats why i want all to be aware of the dirty power problems cause we are paying a lot of $$$ on the headphone/dac/amp,

 

before it the sound wasn't as good as it should be for the price and i was mad,cause i even though it was the CIEM cable so went through a lot!! till i got my hand on the iUSB, then i was super shocked by the difference!!


if you are listening to the music from a desktop and your dac is powered by it then you will benefit for than a person using a laptop (not charging). 



btw for the people that are using a non PC powered DAC the iUSB isn't for you at all, its better for desktop users mostly who got PC powered dac.



ps: btw people sorry about talking about this again and again, i just want the people who paid over 2000$ to enjoy their setup the way it should really be.


Yeah I run my WA7 DAC from my desktops USB port from an Asrock motherboard and a Corsair PSU.

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